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Tokyo Olympics: Tunisia’s Jendoubi wins Africa’s first medal of Tokyo Games.

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Tunisia’s Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi won Africa’s first medal of the 2020 Olympics when taking silver in the men’s taekwondo 58kg category on Saturday.

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Jendoubi was guaranteed silver as he took on Italy’s Vito Dell’Aquila, who secured the gold, in the final.

The bout went right to the wire and was tied 10-10 with around 15 seconds left before Dell’Aquila scored decisively.

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Earlier, 19-year-old Jendoubi breezed to a surprise victory over Ethiopia’s Solomon Demise in the quarter-finals with a 23-point gap.

He followed that up beating top-ranked gold medal favorite Jang Jun of South Korea, who took one of the two bronze medals.

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Jendoubi can celebrate becoming only the second Tunisian to win silver, after long-distance runner Mohammed Gammoudi who won two silvers.

The very first of those came in Tokyo as well, back in 1964, and contributed – like Jendoubi’s in the Japanese capital on Saturday – to Tunisia’s overall tally of 14 Olympic medals.

Tunisia can look forward to the rest of Tokyo 2020 after winning three bronze medals at Rio 2016.

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